Law in mathematics and mathematics in law: Probability theory and the fair price in contracts in England and France 1700-1850 | University of Oxford

Law in mathematics and mathematics in law: Probability theory and the fair price in contracts in England and France 1700-1850

Dr Ciara Kennefick
15:00 - 16:00
Mathematical Institute
Woodstock Road
Oxford
OX2 6GG
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From the middle of the eighteenth century, references to mathematicians such as Edmond Halley and Abraham De Moivre begin to appear in judgments in English courts on the law of contract and French mathematicians such as Antoine Deparcieux and Emmanuel-Etienne Duvillard de Durand are mentioned in French treatises on contract law in the first half of the nineteenth century. The objective of this lecture is to highlight this textual interaction between law and mathematics and consider its significance for both disciplines.